cross-posted to the Irvington Parents Forum:
I attended a meeting on the Race to the Top teacher evaluation protocols up in Bedford, and the new regs are a horror.
I’m completely off the boat with RTTT. If even half of what I heard the other night is true, schools are going to become a compliance nightmare beyond imagining as every teacher in the state receives annual ratings of “highly effective” and all probationary teachers are granted the right to years of appeals when they don’t get tenure. This is the ultimate bad law.
I talked to a number of school board members coming out of the meeting as well as one assistant superintendent. They were reeling.
Preview of coming attractions: under the new law, a school with 40 teachers could have ALL FORTY TEACHERS appeal their RTTT-mandated evaluations AT THE SAME TIME, and the principal would be required to respond to all 40 appeals on deadline and with multiple documents and timelines and rationales and data sets and god knows what else in order.
Schools will have to hire armies of administrators to process all the appeals. More likely, everyone will be rated Highly Effective forever.